Speak in Tongues was a freewheeling, community-run underground music venue in Cleveland, Ohio that operated on a do-it-yourself basis throughout the late 1990s. The venue fostered a flourishing creative culture, where you could enjoy a puppet show from a spray-painted couch or meet other punks to start a band or a movement, but was also smoothly run with a great sound system and the best curation of music that you could hear in the city during its tenure. On any given night, you could go see hardcore punk, experimental jazz, or thrash shows where fireworks were set off inside the building.
SUBJECT: Music / History / Punk / Microcosm Published / Scene History / Midwest
PUBLICATION: Jul 5, 2022
FORMAT: 192 pages, paperback, 5x7", 7oz
CARTON QTY: 68
ART: b&w photography/illustrations
Eric Sandy is a journalist based in Northeast Ohio. He previously worked as a staff writer and managing editor at Cleveland Scene, where an earlier version of the Speak In Tongues story was first published. In 2021, he was a finalist for the Livingston Award. He lives in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, with his wife and two dogs.
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